Classical Spotlight

 

WSMR Music Notes

What's Worth $45 Million — Or More? One Viola
Sotheby's auction house plans to announce the sale of a rare viola made by Antonio Stradivari in 1719. The minimum bid is $45 million. Back in 1964, it went for $81,000 — which, accounting for...
New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow
The concertmaster more than any other individual musician in an orchestra can really affect not just the sound, but the whole attitude, the whole approach to music. Glenn Dicterow joined the New York...
The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks
As in centuries past, virtuosos still inspire, and in many cases commission, composers to write some of their best music, which can push an instrument to its creative limit. American composer John...
Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert
A classical virtuoso and an equally captivating flamenco player combine for a set of duets. Whether playing music by Bach or Peña, they're undeniably brilliant. To download audio, click here.
Live Performance at the Sarasota studio: The Sarasota Music Festival
The Sarasota Music Festival is in its final week, and Classical WSMR will feature two faculty members in another live performance on Tuesday, June 17 at 10:00AM.
 

Public Arts: Classical Music

Today's Sense of Place: Iceland session features Arnalds, who creates sweeping neoclassical music....
A birthday salute to a famed Italian tenor who knew how to guard his vocal resources. Not as loud or imposing as his rivals, Bergonzi sang with elegan...
Sheldon Harnick, the lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof and Fiorello!, wrote dozens of songs for those shows and others that never saw the stage....
 

WSMR Music Programs

Evening Masterwork

Each weeknight at 7:00 PM join Susan Giles Wantuck for some of the best music ever written. Music that’s good enough to earn the title “Masterwork.” Listen for full length performances and large scale works like Carmina Burana, Mahler Symphonies, some new recordings and music that will be performed in our local concert halls. A full masterwork is featured each weeknight at 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and in Tampa at 103.9.

Russell Gant, Classical Music Director

Each weekday morning listeners enjoy classical music with insight and wit provided by Russell Gant. He finds the interesting stories and history that makes this music come alive. Find out how relevant classical music can be added to your life by listening each weekday morning starting at 8:00 AM.

Bethany Cagle

Join Bethany Cagle every weekday at 12:00 Noon for your favorite classical selections. Bethany adds a superb touch of class to the station, and brings you the interesting stories behind the music. Listen as you go about your busy day. You’ll find Bethany is the perfect companion on the radio.

Susan Giles Wantuck

The end of the day is a combination of wrapping up and winding down! Join Susan Giles Wantuck afternoons beginning at 4:00 PM for lively and relaxing music on your way home or as you prepare for evening. Susan brings the perfect mix of music and information for your dinner hour, and a little later, the Evening Masterwork at 7:00 PM. The music will always help you wrap up, unwind and relax – a perfect way to end each day.

Sunday Baroque allows you an opportunity each week to explore Baroque and early music (written before 1750). Composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel were the cornerstones of this era, with masterpieces including the Water Music, Royal Fireworks Music, and the Brandenburg Concertos.

Sunday Baroque celebrates the current wealth of recorded repertoire available, with great performances by yesterday's and today's best performers.

SymphonyCast is a two-hour weekly program featuring a full-length concert by a national or international symphony orchestra. Concerts are drawn from Europe's leading ensembles, along with U.S. orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra.

 

Performance Today from American Public Media

This week's contestant is Katherine Oxnard Ellis from Savannah, GA....
This week's contestant is Pat G. from Glenwood, CO....
This week's contestant is Mark Stoddard from Austin, TX....
 

WSMR National Programming

From the Top

Now in its tenth season, From the Top, with host Christopher O'Riley, is a weekly radio series that showcases the nation's most outstanding young classical musicians. Each one-hour program presents pre-collegiate musicians in live performances that are combined with lively interviews, unique pre-produced segments, lighthearted sketches and musical games.

Performance Today

Performance Today is a two hour weekday program which features classical music in concert from American Public Media studios and sites across the nation and around the world, as well as classical music news, interviews and features. Fred Child hosts each weekday, and brings you some of the most remarkable live concert performances…sometimes within hours after they were performed!

Song Travels debuted on WUSF Sunday 3.16.14. Song Travels is hosted by the renowned “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” Michael Feinstein. As host, Feinstein uncovers the intimate journey singers and songs take with one another, each changing the other through the course of a lifetime. For Feinstein, American music is really a travelogue, with art that exits only because it has traveled through artists’ lives, generation, and passions. From jazz, blues, and classical to rock, pop, and country, Song Travels builds a bridge across genres, songs and songwriters.

 

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If no contract deal is reached by July 31, Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has warned union workers to plan for a work stoppage the next...
Hear the world premiere of a piece by Samuel Adams — son of composer John Adams — and watch the orchestra's signature encore, from Gershwin's Porg...
Milos, the one-named master of classical guitar, says the story of the instrument's 20th-century journey is told in the work of two Spanish composers....
Today's Sense of Place: Iceland session features Arnalds, who creates sweeping neoclassical music....
Twenty years ago, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti gave a sold-out concert at LA's Dodger Stadium. It still echoes today in both...
 

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